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HBL Roundup: Week 22

HBL Roundup: Week 22
Sascha Staat

Defending champion THW Kiel has taken the league lead again after beating the visiting Füchse Berlin 26-21 (14-10) on Saturday, as the Rhein-Neckar Löwen had a day off because of Champions League duties. Recently acquired Igor Anic (5) scored the most goals for Kiel, while Petar Nenadic’s six goals couldn’t help his team to steal a point or two.

In front of 10.285 fans in the sold-out Sparkassen-Arena the zebras led 6-1 after eight minutes and 10-3 ten minutes later. Berlin took way too much time to find its rhythm, especially since Kiel’s Danish keeper Niklas Landin had a very solid outing, to say the least. When the foxes came close (17-20) in the second half (46th), Kiel pushed again and cruised to in easy victory.

In Melsungen the MT won the long-awaited derby in another sold-out arena against Hessian rival HSG Wetzlar. The team of coach Michael Roth dominated the game and underlined its ambitions to qualify for a European competition, as EHF EURO 2016 winner Johannes Sellin scored eleven times on road to a 29-22 (15-11) win. In another derby the VfL Gummersbach took home two points against the Bergischer HC and hard-fought battle, which finished 23-22 (9-12) in favor of the guests, as we reported earlier.

In Sunday newly-promoted TVB 1989 Stuttgart made a huge step towards salvation with a buzzer beating goal by right-back Djibril M’Bengue against TBV Lemgo, which continues to struggle away from home. After the 28-27 (14-12) win the Swabians have distanced themselves by six points from the relegation zone.

Results:

SC Magdeburg – TuS N-Lübbecke 33-21 (18-10)
SG Flensburg-Flensburg – SC DHfK Leipzig 35-28 (16-15)
Frisch Auf Göppingen – TSV Hannover-Burgdorf 35-28 (17-13)
THW Kiel – Füchse Berlin 26-21 (14-10)
MT Melsungen – HSG Wetzlar 29-22 (15-11)
Bergischer HC – VfL Gummersbach 22-23 (12-9)
TVB 1898 Stuttgart – TBV Lemgo 28-27 (14-12)
ThSV Eisenach – Rhein-Neckar Löwen 04.05.2016, 19.00 CET

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